Your Noon Briefing: The media and the indyref, online journalism training, etc

SHOULD the upcoming referendum on Scots independence result in a majority vote for No, the media might find itself the subject of ire from Yes supporters.

That’s the prediction of David Hutchison, honorary professor in media policy at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Writing for the website, The Conversation (here), Hutchison concludes: “When it is all over, inevitably the cry of ‘we wuz robbed’ will go up from the losing side. If that is the yes campaign, there will be no shortage of ammunition for directing the blame at the media, whether rightly or wrongly. It all could get very messy.”

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TRAINING on the ‘principles and practices of online journalism’ is taking place in Glasgow a week tomorrow.

Being hosted by the National Union of Journalists, the training blurb reads: “The workshop will focus on the principles underpinning the practice of online journalism and how social media can be used to help find the story, avoid churnalism, seek sources, build contacts and networks, supporting and utilising communities of reporters and citizen journalists, editing work and problem solving using digital tools.

“The workshop will be developed using data gathered from the participants ahead of the session to allow for practice and contextual examples to be developed based on need of those attending.”

A limited number of places are available, on a first-come, first-served basis. Places are free for NUJ members.

For more details, email Joan Macdonald, training manager, NUJ Training Scotland,

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THE news agency, NorthScot, is seeking a reporter – as advertised here on the media jobs board and repeated on

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BEGINS The Guardian’s media commentator, Roy Greenslade: “Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary who championed the launch of local TV stations in his previous job as culture secretary, has been defending his initiative.

“According to the Financial Times, Hunt ‘hit back at critics of local television stations’ during a talk to press gallery journalists on Tuesday.”

The initiative has inspired a local station for Glasgow – just launched by STV in association with Glasgow Caledonian University – and another, set for Edinburgh, involving STV and Edinburgh Napier University.

The story is also picked up by the website, holdthefrontpage, here.

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A REMINDER: To mark the final week of The Scotsman – and sister titles, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News – operating out of premises in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Road, there is a drinks event taking place this evening.

As reported on allmediascotland yesterday, it is taking place at Hemma, located across from the papers’ soon-to-be former HQ.

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SCOTLAND is as capable of producing brilliant creative work as anywhere else, according to quotes attributed to a judge in an awards competition celebrating the best of advertising, design, digital, integrated and PR in Scotland.

Speaking as deadline extensions were being made available at the Scottish Creative Awards, Dave Waters is quoted in The Drum media and marketing magazine, as saying: “Physical location is really unimportant in the digital age. We routinely use people in other countries on projects and the kind of work that gets noticed and passed around is equally democratic. Just look a Onepointfour, the film-a-day blog; it features work from everywhere, the only common link is it’s all exceptionally good.”

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LEAPING out of a communications report produced by regulators, Ofcom: “In Glasgow, the areas of greatest deprivation were those where NGA [next-generation access] broadband was least available.”

Go to pages 11-13, here.

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